Texas hitter Brionne Butler (10) celebrates a point during an NCAA volleyball match against Stanford in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns volleyball team outlasts Oklahoma on the road

Posted October 13th, 2018

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It took five sets, but the No. 4 Texas Longhorns volleyball team outlasted Oklahoma to win 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9 in Norman, Okla. Saturday.

A kill by Ashley Shook ended the match as the Longhorns (11-4, 6-1 Big 12) took advantage of attack errors by the Sooners (11-8, 3-4) in the final set.

Micaya White led Texas with 17 kills while Morgan Johnson added a career-high 12 as she had a hit percentage of .524.

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Freshman Logan Eggleston had 11 kills and a career-high six blocks. Brionne Butler led the Longhorns with a career-high 10 blocks, adding eight kills.

Alyssa Enneking led all players with 20 kills, but it wasn’t enough to hand the Longhorns a second Big 12 loss in a row.

The win comes as a relief to a volleyball squad coming off a defeat at the hands of Kansas midweek. Had the Horns fell to the Sooners, it would’ve been the first time Texas lost back-to-back Big 12 matches in the same season since 2006.

With the win over the Sooners, that makes the Longhorns 3-0 against Oklahoma this season across three sports. Texas beat Oklahoma 3-2 in soccer Friday night. And, of course, the football team hung on to a big win last weekend.

The contest started out close, with neither team gaining more than a four-point lead in the first set.

Oklahoma went up 17-13 on a kill by Paige Anderson before Texas went on a run. A pair of kills by White and consecutive attack errors helped the Longhorns complete a 5-1 run to tie the set at 18. Yaazie Bedart-Ghani closed out the set with an assist by Shook who ended with 42. Shook also had 12 digs while Sydney Petersen led with 18.

After the Sooners won the second set, Texas made it 2-1 with the most lopsided victory in the third game, winning by seven points.

A kill by Sarah Sanders and an ace by Aysia Harty closed out the fourth set for the Sooners.

Texas took a 7-4 lead in the final game with kills from Johnson and attack errors by Oklahoma. While Texas finished with a hitting percentage of .231, the Sooners only managed to hit .102.

Oklahoma got to within a point at 8-7, but Texas went on a 7-2 run to close out the match.

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